Be a Voter!

Constitution 101: A Free Course at the Library This Fall

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The United States Constitution, the founding document that serves as our nation’s supreme law, has influenced governments around the world. Understanding the Constitution—its history, its role in shaping American life and politics, and its relevance today—is essential for anyone who wants to be a better-informed voter, leader, or citizen.

Herman B Wells Says Be a Voter

Beloved former Indiana University President Herman Wells is credited with transforming IU from a small local school into the world-class research institution it is today. In his 1940 speech to the state convention of the League of Women Voters [PDF], Wells praised the League's education efforts, and cited their commitment to a healthy democracy as one he shared on behalf of the University.

herman-wells.pngThe goal of education, he said, is to be "a leading force in the development of an informed citizenry," a crucial component in "strengthening the democratic way of life." For Wells, "Democracy must be able to meet the social, economic, and political problems" of the day—so the aims of formal education must be intertwined with producing an active and knowledgeable voting population.

Library Award: Voters Are the Winners

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When the Library hosted our Power of Words author event with Congressman John Lewis back in the fall of 2015, we were honored to present an American Civil Rights icon and the co-authors of March, Lewis's National Book Award-winning graphic novel chronicling his life and struggle for justice. Along with our partners the Friends of the Library and Indiana University, we felt Lewis's appearance was a powerful and timely inspiration—not to mention a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—for ordinary people wishing to make a difference.

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